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Byrd HSA Committees


The Byrd HSA is a terrific way to become more involved in your child’s elementary school experience and become part of the Byrd School Community. We have opportunities for people who want to be actively involved, at all levels of time commitment. 

Byrd HSA President(s)

Chair:   Michelle Torpey

The Co-Presidents oversee the HSA Board and ensure that HSA activities have the resources and tools necessary to run smoothly. They conduct monthly board meetings and several general meetings throughout the year. The Co-Presidents also meet with school administration on a regular basis to stay in touch with school happenings and needs. Each Co-President serves a two-year-term.



Chair:   Ella Vuernick

The Secretary attends all HSA general and Board meetings and keeps an accurate record of happenings at these meetings, including attendance records. She maintains all HSA records except for financial records, which are maintained by the Treasurer.



Chair:   Sara Mazin

The Treasurer manages HSA bank deposits and checks monthly bank statements. She/he collects and deposits cash and checks for all school events and manages Paperless PTO deposits. The Treasurer also prepares budget reports for all HSA meetings.


VP Administration/Community

Chair:   Libby Deely - VP

1st VP

Oversees the student enrichment committees & programs


Author Days

Chair:   Dina Jacobs

Responsible for assisting Mrs. Jakobsenn to prepare for and welcome notable authors who visit Byrd School


Art Docent/TIC TOC

Chair:   Libby Deely and Jen Collins

Parents volunteer as art docents and visit their child’s classroom to teach about an artist or artistic style.  Creative ideas can be supplied by the TIC TOC organization and no expertise is needed. TIC TOC trains docents. For more information about this organization, visit www.tictoc.org.


Board of Ed (BOE) Rep

Chair:   Open

Attend B.O.E. meetings and reports back to the H.S.A.


Beautification Byrd

Chair:   TBD

help to keep grounds of school clean of garbage. Planting of flowers or plants in potted plants in front of school.


Great Book Give-Away

Chair:   Roseanna Smith

Manage a book drive for a local charity


Caring & Sharing

Chair:   Sophia Chang and Mary Castenada

Distribute toys and mittens to Hackensack Hospital.  Collect Halloween candy for donation.


Class Parent Coordinator

Chair:   Leslie Schraer and Sharon Scarpelli

Serves as the liaison between the H.S.A. Board and the class moms by communicating information that needs to be passed to the classes.


Learning Center

Chair:   Michelle Cosimano

Prepares the Learning Center volunteer schedule for Mrs. Jakobsen.
A library volunteer assists the children with checking out library books at the Byrd School library and putting books away on th shelves.  By volunteering in the library, you have an opportunity to work with your child's class as well as allow Mrs. Jakobsen to do some enriching activities with the children and/or to help them find an interesting book. Your volunteer time is 50 minutes and, depending on the number of volunteers for your child's class, generally once a month.



Chair:   TBD

Organize and set up parents/teachers to be HSA members



Chair:   Nicole Hayward

Responsible for recruiting volunteers for the Byrd HSA committtes


Playground Committee

Chair:   OPEN

Help decide what new equipment Byrd School needs for the playground. Research equipment and pricing and buy supplies for playground.  Survey students to hear what is on their wish list


School Safety Committee

Chair:   Jen Collins, Stacia Klui, Keara Kumler

This is a new committee.  Keeps parents informed of traffic patterns around Byrd School and helps to promote school safety.



Chair:   TBD

Work with scouts for community service and activities


Teacher Appreciation

Chair:   Libby Deely

This catered luncheon is for teachers and staff to show our appreciation for all that they do for our children and usually takes place in early May.


Welcome Back Coffee

Chair:   Andrea Ryan and Jessica Arrighi

Set up a table outside on the lawn with coffee and donuts for parents to enjoy after drop-off.


Welcome Back Staff Luncheon

Chair:   TBD

This catered luncheon welcomes back the staff to school and takes place the first week of school.


VP Activities

Chair:   Lauren Munshower

2nd VP

The Vice President Activities will calendar and coordinate the family activities of the HSA .  The VP Activities will present these activities to the Executive Board for their approval and will present monthly reports concerning the status of the activities at the Executive Board meeting. 


4th of July Parade

Chair:   Open

Gather Byrd kids to make a float for the annual Glen Rock 4th of July Parade


Art Show

Chair:   Brigid Nonas

Help coordinate help for Mrs. Cipolli in set up and take down  of the art show. (May)



Chair:   Elaine Wade and Sharon Scarpelli

This is an annual event, held on a Friday evening in February/March. Families play Bingo together and hang out with Byrd friends in the school gym.



Byrd Big Top Circus - 4th Grade Parents

Chair:   Michelle Torpey

Point of contact with circus vendor.  Purchase (on behalf of HSA) snacks and circus gear for Friday event sales.  Coordinate volunteers for Circus event. 


Byrd Broadway

Chair:   Open

Byrd School parents volunteer to help produce a 'Broadway' show.  Students K-5 invited to perform.


  Roles/Sub Committees:
  5th Grade Gift
  Backstage Parent
  Backstage Parents
  Booster Sales
  Cast Party
  Cast Party Planner
  Clean-up Crew
  DVD Sales
  Production Manager/Communications Chair
  Production Manager/Communications Chairpersons
  Rehearsal Parent
  Set Design

Byrd Dance

Chair:   Sharon Scarpelli, Eileen Cordasco, Susan Ring, Emily Lehr

Classes in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, and Hip Hop are offered from preschool-age to fifth grade and held in Byrd School

  Roles/Sub Committees:

Family Fun Night

Chair:   Keara Kumler, Jackie Lietner, Hong Zhang

This committee organizes a fun night for Byrd families.  Supervise event, organize game and food, and distribute and collect registrations for annual event.  Event usually is held in January/February.


Fall Parent Social

Chair:   Nicole Hayward

The socials provide parents a wonderful way to get to know new Byrd families and reconnect with old friends.  This year the Fall social will be at The Escape Room in Waldwick, NJ.

Child-care provided a The Gagasphere


Family Movie Night/ Picnic

Chair:   Nancy Bermack and Michelle Cosimano

Held annually at the beginning of the school year, families can pack a picnic dinner and head over to the Byrd School grounds for a family friendly movie on the big screen.  This is a great way to meet new families.



Field Day

Chair:   Nicole Hayward and Susan Lee

This is a fun-filled day of sports and games.  Held outside at Faber Field in late spring, parents volunteer to help our P.E. teacher run a variety of activities including providing a cookout lunch for the school.



Chair:   Shira Hochman

Bring refreshments to HSA meeting


Lunchtime Activities Coordinator(s)

Chair:   Nicole Reicher and Hong Zhang

Coordinate lunchtime program for a six week period in the winter months. Select activities, assign & schedule parents and work with school staff.


Mother / Son Dance

Chair:   Supriya Kapur and Nadine Crago

Learn some dance moves with your mom. A fun filled evening with a DJ and dancing!


Picture Day

Chair:   Sophia Chang

Help the photographer cooordinte classes for their pictures.  Picture day usually takes place in early September. A form is sent home prior to the event for you to place an order.  Re-takes are offered later in the fall


Pool Party

Chair:   Supriya Kapur and Elaine Wade

The Glen Rock Pool is reserved just for Byrd students and their families--held in June every year.


Read Across America

Chair:   Samantha Lachenauer

Read Across America Day is a nationwide reading celebration that takes place annually on March 2—Dr. Seuss’s birthday. Across the country, thousands of schools, libraries, and community centers participate by bringing together kids, teens, and books.  Coordinate guest readers for each class.


Science Fair /Health Fair

Chair:   Heather McDermott

Alternate coordinating Science Fair and Health Fair every other year.

Science Fair 2018

Health Fair 2019

Science Fair 2020

Health Fair 2021


Spring Social - Progressive Dinner

Chair:   TBD

Plan a round-robin dinner for Byrd parents


5th Grade Activities

Chair:   Connie Hoza and Elaine Wade

These parents are responsible for organizing the events for the 5th Grade including fundraising, service projects, pool Party, Graduation and the Memory Book.

  Roles/Sub Committees:
  5th Grade Pool Party
  5th Grade Service Projects
  Hot Chocolate Day
  Memory Book

VP Fundraising

Chair:   Eliza Yohana

3rd VP

The VP of Fundraising is responsible for overseeing any fundraising activities for Byrd School. She/He develops fundraising activities, events or programs for the HSA with the input and assistance from the Executive Board.


Bagel Days

Chair:   Laura Haley and Julia Kogan

Take bagel orders and distriute bagels on half days


Byrd School Store

Chair:   Sharon Tischo

Coordinate volunteers to set up our school store items at various events


Box Tops for Education

Chair:   Teresa Garguilo

This person organizes the collection and submission of Box Tops for Education. This includes providing collection boxes to classes, collecting and counting the box tops, and communicating totals


Harlem Wizards Fundraiser

Chair:   Sara Mazin, Jesse Lipson, Brenna Garrett, Laura Vitelli

Half Day Alternative Snack Fundraiser

Chair:   Kally Cox

Coordinate sales of snack from local shop on half session school day


Holiday Shop

Chair:   Eliza Yohana, Shira Hochman, Supriya Kapur, Julie Finkel, Nicole Hayward, Nitu Sawney

This event gives students the chance to do their holiday shopping. Coordinators shop and inventory items to sell, coordinate volunteers, set up, and  clean up


Ice Cream Days

Chair:   Hong Tang, Sara Mazin, Jackie Leitner

Manage ice cream sales and inventory.  Ice cream sold 1x per week, usually on Thursday during lunch.


KidStuff Coupon Book

Chair:   Brigid Nonas

Work with Kids Stuff to coordinate receiving books and order forms. Send one book home per family with an order form.  Collect and tally order forms and any books not wanted.


Pizza Day

Chair:   Katie DeSantis and Monica Lauro

The Pizza Day Coordinators keep track of customers, work with pizza vendor to make/deliver pizzas to school on proper days, organize parent volunteers to serve pizza, and maintain process month-to-month.  Pizza served 2x a month on Wednesdays.

  Roles/Sub Committees:
  Pizza Day Volunteer
Scholastic Book Fair
Chair:   Sharon Scarpelli, Libby Deely, Elaine Wade, Sofia Chang

Coordinate delivery, inventory books, set up and run event.


School Supply Boxes

Chair:   Open

Coordinate the sale of School Supply boxes in May and June.  Help distribute boxes to classrooms before school starts.


Spirit Wear

Chair:   Eliza Yohanna and Jen Collins

Plan and design Byrd School clothing and fun items that will be available for order and coordinate sales of these items.


Communications Chair

Chair:   TBD

Run by the Co-Presidents. This person will serve as the key link from school to home for all PTA supported communication tools working closely with Dr. Weber to ensure proper dissemination of information; providing timely and accurate distribution via the newsletter (Byrd Highlights) and the HSA website.


Byrd Highlights (Email)

Chair:   Lauren Munshower

Manages content of weekly Byrd HSA Highlights and sends out email.


Lost and Found

Chair:   TBD

Organize,communicate twice a year. 

Bring lost items to front of school and set up on tables for easy viewing. 

 Eventually donate items not picked up



Lawn Sign

Chair:   Nancy Bermack

Update Byrd School sign at front of school with current events


New Family Liason

Chair:   Michelle Torpey

This committee contacts families new to Byrd School and organizes 1-2 get-togethers during the summer to give parents the chance to learn more about Byrd and ask questions and to give new students the opportunity to meet a few friends before the school year begins


SEPAC Liason

Chair:   Open

Helps organize and attends S.E.P.A.C. (Special Education Parent Advisory Councils) meetings and reports back to the HSA.


Public Library Liason

Chair:   Sharon Tischo

Attend Friends of the Library meetings and be Point of Contact for them.

Work with the school librarian, Mrs. Jakobsen, to organize, publicize and execute The Read-a-thon.  Students are asked to register for the read-a-thon, collect pledges, and track the number of books they read during the month of March.  The Read-a-thon is a partnership between the Glen Rock Public Library and elementary schools to encourage and incentivize reading. Top readers receive awards at a school assembly in the spring, and the school whose students read the most books are recognized by the Friends of the Library, who receive any money raised.



Chair:   Lauren Munshower

Update Byrd HSA website with daily activities and events.  Generate reports for all committees.


New Jersey School Performance Report for Richard E. Byrd School



Ice Cream Day Ingredients & Allergens

School lunches can be ordered online from the Pomptonian website
A printable monthly menu can be found here

Pomptonian is pleased to be Glen Rock School District's food service provider, and we appreciate your comments and suggestions. You can reach us at cafeteria@glenrocknj.org or 201-445-7700 ext. 8965.

Questions about Lunch?